Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I heart Oswald Chambers

This year, I've decided to revisit "My Utmost for His Highest." I have read this bok periodically for the last ten years or so, but I really wanted to start using it in my quiet time again. I like it because there's something to read each day, along with a verse to meditate upon. It's not always an easy read, but it's rich, deep, and challenging. I wanted to share one of the days with you because it really spoke to my heart and I hope you find it to be an encouragement as well.

(Hopefully I'm not breaking any copyright laws here! This particular version comes from the special updated version that has been edited by James Retmann. Emphasis added by me.)

Will You Go Out Without Knowing?
"By faith, Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going."
Hebrews 11:8

Have you ever "gone out" in this way? If so, there is no logical answer possible when anyone asks you what you are doing. One of the most difficult questions to answer in Christian work is, "What do you expect to do?" You don't know what you are going to do. The only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing. Continually examine your attitude toward God to see if you are willing to "go out" in every area of your life, trusting in God entirely. It is this attitude that keeps you in constant wonder, because you don't know what God is going to do next. Each morning as you wake, there is a new opportunity to "go out," building your confidence in God. " not worry about your life...nor about the body..." (Luke 12:22). In other words, don't worry about the things that concerned you before you did "go out."

Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do - He reveals to you who He is. Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will you "go out" in complete surrender to Him until you are not surprised one iota by anything He does?

Believe God is always the God you know Him to be when you are nearest to Him. Then think how unnecessary and disrespectful worry is! Let the attitude of your life be a continual willingness to "go out" in dependence upon God, and your life will have a sacred and inexpressible charm about it that is very satisfying to Jesus. You must learn to "go out" through your convictions, creeds, or experiences until you come to the point in your faith where there is nothing between yourself and God.


Adventures In Babywearing said...

I just came across my copy of this book the other day and think I'll pick it up again, too. Thanks for the reminder!!

Barbie said...

This is so appropriate for my husband and myself right now. He has 3 sememsters of Bible college left and we are praying and seeking God in "What next?". It's a walk of faith daily. But we can trust Him, that we know.

Africagirl93 said...

What perfect timing, that spoke volumes to me, Hap. Nothing like walking forward in life feeling like I am blindfolded, but dragging my feet through near-dry cement just to get out of bed and work. Excellent things to meditate on 'going out'.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats said...

A truly biblical challenge. We are going through this right now as 8 months ago my husband left his pastoral position to do like an intensive internship in Ohio and finish his master's degree. Well, the degree is done and now we just applied for a house in Florida to be part of a church planting team there! Total surrender to God right?